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Happy International Youth Day!


 

When looking to build a better future for our world, it is only practical that we consider our world’s youth. Plain and simple, the youth of the world are the world’s future. In December of 1999, the United Nations officially declared August 12th as International Youth Day(IYD).

IYD seeks to highlight good practices in developing and expanding successful partnerships with people. This year’s theme is “Building a better world—partnering with our youth.” The UN is encouraging organizations to form partnerships with the youth. Some encouraged areas of partnership are employment, education, and entrepreneurship.

This summer, I was given an opportunity to intern with AGCO from May to early August.

As my final week as an intern comes to a close, I have had some time to look back on my experience with the internship program. In doing this, I have been able to reflect upon what the program meant to myself and the other interns. Whether it is your first time holding a job, or if you have been in the corporate setting before, the AGCO internship program gives you a chance to better understand the synergies between business, education and employment. My time as an intern has been a great experience. With access to various people and resources, it has given me a hands-on opportunity to apply my education and further develop the skills I will need to be successful in the labor force, and add value to my community.
Partnerships such as the one AGCO has with its interns are instrumental in providing youth with continued education and development. The boys and girls that compose our world’s youth today will eventually be the men and women making our world’s biggest decisions. This is why it is important that they receive support from people and organizations globally.
The U.N wants to hear your thoughts and recommendations about effective ways to support our young people. If you want to offer your thoughts or share your success stories, email them at youth@un.org!

 

MF 165 Tractor Rebuild within 24 Hours for Charity

On 13 June, students studying land based technology at Wiltshire College Lackham will strip down, overhaul and refurbish an MF 165 tractor within 24 hours for charity!

As a key sponsor, Massey Ferguson is donating parts from its 10+ range to complete the rebuild.

The tractor is being donated by the family of the late Flight Lieutenant Niel Cox of Henley-on Thames. He started farming in 1962 and the family has used MF tractors exclusively ever since.

The fully-refurbed machine will be auctioned at Cheffins Vintage Sale in Cambridge on 20 October. Niel Cox was a Spitfire pilot during the Second World War and the proceeds of the MF 165 sale are to go to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Massey Ferguson 10+ is range of parts for MF machines that have been out of production for at least ten years. An economic repair solution for older machines, it allows users to maintain these veterans at peak performance.

For more infromation please visit: http://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/tractorstrip2012/

 

“Charity Run” with a Fendt Tractor

For several years now, Paul Taylor has been collecting money for a children’s hospice through unusual fundraising campaigns. He has raised more than 5,000 pounds (approx. 6,000 euros). Originally the plan for this year was to traverse England with a tractor, but Paul ended up driving a tractor from Marktoberdorf, Germany to England.


The team headed by Paul Taylor (2nd from left): James Bond (left) from Clarke & Pullman, Peter Ascroft, who accompanied the tour as the mascot, and John Horrocks (right), also from Clarke & Pullman.

Paul Taylor has been raising money for three years for the children’s hospice in memory of Alice Hannah Foster, a daughter of friends, who died in the “Derian House Children’s Hospice” in 2007. In his search for sponsors and a tractor for this year’s fundraising campaign, he found support from the local AGCO dealers, Clarke & Pullman Ltd. Together with the Fendt UK Sales Headquarters and Richard Shelton, Fendt Brand Manager for the UK and Ireland, the idea finally took shape: Fendt UK provided Paul Taylor with its newest demonstration tractor, a 724 Vario, for the journey from Marktoberdorf to the hospice in England. The trip was planned together with the Fendt colleagues from Marktoberdorf. On 13 April, Paul started out on his journey, directly from the works in Marktoberdorf to Chorley near Manchester. Almost 1,500 kilometres lay ahead of him, leading him through Germany, France and finally via ferry over the English Channel to the UK. With the Fendt 724 Vario, Paul had all the technology required for a comfortable ride. A three-person team accompanied him and provided assistance, for example, in matters regarding country-specific traffic regulations.

Derian House (www.derianhouse.co.uk) is a children’s hospice that provides support for terminally ill children and their families. The hospice is open 365 days a year and the benefits are free for families. The hospice requires more than 2.85 million pounds (approx. 3.4 million euros) each year and is almost entirely supported by donations.

If you would like to support Paul’s Fendt fundraising effort for the hospice, you can make a donation at the following link: www.justgiving.com/Paul-Taylor32


The Gift of Tractors for Swedish Agricultural College

Nine Massey Ferguson tractorsSweden’s famous Bollerup Agricultural Institute has been given a helping hand by Massey Ferguson this year, with the gift of nine MF tractors.

The Institute began educating agricultural students 100 years ago in 1912 and is now a modern Agricultural Upper Secondary School.

The tractors provided by Massey Ferguson will continue to be renewed over the years, helping students at the school which specialises in agriculture, horse keeping and outdoor pursuits.

 

Safe Play Areas on Your Farm

Children are naturally curious, especially younger children. And there are a lot of things to be curious about on the farm! But that curiosity can unknowingly lead them into dangerous places. A safe play area is a great way to ensure the safety of kids on the farm. Here are a few tips to help you establish a safe play area.

• Separated from traffic and work areas.

• Easily identifiable boundaries. Fences are ideal.

• An area easily supervised, such as looking out a back window.

• Free from dangerous debris.

• Plenty of room to run and explore.

• Safe and age-appropriate play equipment.

A fence provides a terrific boundary for safe play areas. Ron and Arianne Henry of Versailles, Ohio won a $250 Successful Farming Farm Family grant to help cover the costs. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids awards $250 to ten farm families to conduct safety projects on their farm. Email Shari Burgus, education director for more information.

If you can’t fence the play area, use landmarks: a tree, a bush, a pole, a driveway. Walk the boundary with your children. Explain the boundary is important because it keeps them safe, and go over any consequences of breaking the boundary rule. Keep in mind the boundary is only the first line of defense. Supervision is critical, and not just for play areas without a fence.

 

Give children reasons to stay in the identified play area. Provide appropriate play items, such as swings, a sand box, or playhouse, which make the play area appealing to children. If the farmstead is more enticing than the designated play area, your efforts may not be effective.

A safe outdoor play area away from livestock, traffic and machinery is essential for children to grow up safe and healthy on a farm or ranch. Let’s keep our next generation of rural children safe!

For more information on farm safety, or to learn how to start a chapter, visitwww.fs4jk.org.
*This post was submitted by Tracy Schlater from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids